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Jets reduce training camp roster by 13

Jets assign seven to Moose; place five on waivers; Stanley to Kitchener

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have assigned seven players to the Manitoba Moose:

Mason Appleton
Chase De Leo
Jansen Harkins
Sami Niku
Nelson Nogier
Jamie Phillips
Jimmy Lodge

The following five players will be assigned to the Moose, pending waivers:

Michael Hutchinson
Julian Melchiori
Buddy Robinson
Cam Schilling
Mike Sgarbossa

The Jets also assigned defenceman Logan Stanley to the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.

The Jets now have 19 forwards, nine defencemen and three goaltenders remaining at training camp.

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Oilers score four in the third to ground Jets 6-2

Michael Spacek and JC Lipon score for Winnipeg

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

Video: WPG Recap: Spacek and Lipon score in 6-2 loss

EDMONTON, AB - With cut-down day only hours away, Saturday's preseason game in Edmonton was the very last chance for many to leave their mark in the fight for a job.

Some did, and the Jets' head coach left Rogers Place with a clearer picture of how the coming days will unfold at the offices back Winnipeg.

Said Paul Maurice in his post-game press conference: "A few guys just made a case."

The Jets, who had 10 players with less than 50 games of NHL experience in tow, were right there with the Oilers for the first 40 until their veteran opponents flipped the switch in the final frame.

Connor McDavid broke a 2-2 tie at 2:21 of a four-goal third period as the Oilers went on to a 6-2 win over the Jets, who fall to 0-3-1 in the exhibition campaign.

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GAME DAY: Jets, Oilers square off in Alberta capital

8:00pm CT - TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

Video: PREGAME | Jets @ Oilers

WINNIPEG - Paul Maurice called the first week of Winnipeg Jets training camp "a grind," and Chase De Leo wouldn't have it any other way.

De Leo, the team's fourth round pick in 2014, says that type of camp suits him.

"I look forward to the grind. I think that's where I can stand out and where I benefit," said De Leo. "I think that's why everyone put the work in this summer so when they do get here, as a grinder, you're ready for it. This time around, I know what to expect."

The 21-year-old forward will see his second game of preseason action tonight when the Jets take on the Edmonton Oilers, who are undefeated in four exhibition games.

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Mason, Hutchinson give insight on warmup preferences

Jets goalies work with a variety of shooters to keep them sharp on game day

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Goaltenders have always been known to have their own little quirks.

On Friday, Jets goalies Steve Mason and Michael Hutchinson shared a couple of theirs when it comes to their pre-game warmup rituals.

"For games that I'm playing in, I'll get out there probably 15 or 20 minutes early for warmup, which involves a little skating," Mason explained. "Simple shots to the hand and body. Hendo (Jets forward Matt Hendricks) was out with me for the last preseason game. It's not really for the players, it's for the goaltenders. You've got to find a guy who is good with it. When I was with Philly, I had Pierre-Edouard Bellemare shooting for me and he was great. Hendo seemed more than willing, too. You've got to get a guy who has an accurate and crisp shot."

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Jets re-assign five to the Moose

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have re-assigned the following five players to the Manitoba Moose:

Francis Beauvillier
Patrice Cormier
Kirill Gotovets
Peter Stoykewych
Brody Sutter

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Jets blanked by veteran Wild

Connor Hellebuyck stops 22 of 23 in the loss

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

Video: POSTGAME | Wild 1 Jets 0 - F

ST. PAUL, MN - With more than 10 regulars back home in Winnipeg to give the kids and "bubble" guys at least one more look, the baby Jets had something to prove with the ever-watchful eyes of the coaching and scouting staff looking on, pen in hand.  

For the most part, the Jets gave their opponents a run for their money, but the offence didn't come easy and the Wild escaped with a slim, 1-0 victory.

"These guys have been here for five or six days. They had a pretty good handle on what we were trying to do, so we were able to take a young group in here and keep it tight, keep it close and play a pretty smart game," said Head Coach Paul Maurice.

Jared Spurgeon scored the game's only goal midway through the second period after the home side pressed in the Winnipeg zone for nearly a minute. Spurgeon took a pass from Charlie Coyle, walked in off the right circle and buried a shot high over the blocker to give his team the only lead they would need.

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GAME DAY: Jets travel to Minnesota to face Wild

7:00pm CT - TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

Video: PREGAME | Making an Impact

WINNIPEG - The schedule may call tonight's preseason tilt in Minnesota against the Wild 'exhibition game number three' for the Winnipeg Jets, but head coach Paul Maurice has a different name for it.

"Yes it's an exhibition game, but it's not an exhibition game for these guys, it's a try-out game," said Maurice. "You want them excited about that because there's some pressure. They're going to be a little jittery before the game, there will be some nerves, we want to see them handle that right too."

The Jets will go with a line-up with far less NHL experience than in the previous two preseason games held at Bell MTS Place. In fact, 12 of the 20 players on the Jets roster tonight have less than 50 games of NHL experience.
 

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Jets re-assign four from Training Camp

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced the following four players have been released to their junior clubs:

Leon Gawanke - Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Luke Green - Saint John (QMJHL)
Skyler McKenzie - Portland (WHL)
Jordy Stallard - Prince Albert (WHL)

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Nogier more confident after experience last year

Defenceman appeared in 10 games at the end of the season after being recalled from the Moose

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Jets prospect Nelson Nogier is entering the 2017-18 season a more confident player after making the most of an opportunity just a few short months ago.

Nogier was called up from the Manitoba Moose late last season, appearing in 10 games with the Jets and averaging more than 12 minutes per game in ice time to finish up the year after spending most of it across the dock at Bell MTS Place.

"The amount that helped is crazy," Nogier said. "Throughout the summer there was that little bit of extra fire while I was training. The other big thing that I took away from it was the comfort I had with the team in the room. You get to know everyone a little bit more than if I hadn't played those 10 games at the end of the season. It's never really a worry when you don't know everyone, but when you do, you can just feel comfortable, be yourself and go out and do what you need to do to be successful.

"Once you start to get comfortable with everyone and know everyone personally, you can open up and settle in. That puts your mind - your attention - where it belongs."

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Petan making adjustments during move to the wing

22-year-old played 15:37 in first preseason action of 2017

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - They had their chances - and hit five goal posts - but the Winnipeg Jets could only get one shot past the Edmonton Oilers' goaltending tandem of Laurent Broissoit and Nick Ellis in a 4-1 loss Wednesday night.

But that one goal came on the power play, and came after an extended stretch of sustained pressure. Nic Petan was part of that unit, which included Tyler Myers, Bryan Little, Jacob Trouba, and Nikolaj Ehlers (the eventual goal scorer).

Petan had four minutes of power play time to bring him to a 15:37 total for the night, believes the key to success on the man advantage is how quickly the Jets move the puck.

"Puck on the stick, puck off the stick. Not too many stick handles were happening on that first power play there," said Petan. "Later on in the game, guys were thinking we had too much time and they were jumping on us. The quicker the pucks moved on the power play, the more lanes opened up."

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